Warren man gets 6 years in Niles home invasion

WARREN – A 20-year-old local man was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to a series of charges in connection with a Niles home invasion in May.

Drakkar Daniel Little, 20, of 710 Woodbine S.E., Warren, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated burglary and three counts each of aggravated robbery and kidnapping, all with firearm specifications.

He was indicted in connection with a May 20 home invasion at a Butler Avenue home, where two intruders tied up and robbed three people.

One of the victims, after breaking free, gave chase and held Little at gunpoint in his vehicle.

The second intruder escaped, and no one except Little has been charged in the incident so far.

The occupants, Judith Kellar, 43, and Fred Holbrook, 66, were not hurt when the two men broke into the home.

The intruders held them and an insurance agent, Terry Stauffer, at gunpoint and tied them up with long shoe or boot laces.

Stauffer, who was at the home on business, suffered a minor cut on his wrist when one of the gunmen ripped a bracelet off his wrist, police said.

Stauffer was also forced to remove hearing aids, one of which the gunman smashed.

Police said that after the gunmen ran from the residence, the occupants broke free from their restraints.

Stauffer, who has a permit to carry a firearm, ran to his car to retrieve his weapon and saw a van pull away, police said.

Stauffer pursued the van in his own vehicle and watched it pull into the Niles Fuel Plus convenience store on West Park Avenue, police said.

They said Stauffer went up to the van, pointed his gun at the windshield, and told bystanders to call 911.